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Brady praises Reed, Lewis, Suggs and the Ravens

By Matt Vensel

2:00 PM EST, January 16, 2012

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In the aftermath of Sunday’s 20-13 divisional round win over the Houston Texans, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs played nice with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for once, throwing praise Brady’s way when reporters asked him about the team’s AFC championship game opponent. There were no jokes about Brady’s hair, his UGG boots, his supermodel wife or the alleged “Brady rules” that protect the quarterback.

On Monday morning, Brady -- who threw six touchdowns in a 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos -- followed suit and talked about the respect he has for the Ravens in an interview with Boston sports radio station WEEI.

"There's no one that's going to overlook a team like that. It would be impossible to do," Brady said. "They present a ton of challenges in all three phases of the game. You watch them yesterday, they're physical, they're tough, they can cover. They've got some of the best players in the history of the NFL at their position, in [Terrell] Suggs and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata. You've got phenomenal players there.  "We've really got our work cut out for us. We'll be excited about the challenge. We'll use the week to prepare like we always do, and really try to be at our best -- hopefully be better than we were this past Saturday night."

And Brady, who said he "loves" Reed, stated that if he could be a defensive player, he would choose between Reed and Lewis.

“I'm sure Ed will [play],” he said of Reed, who has an ankle injury. “This game means everything to our season. If he has any chance of playing, which I'm sure he's got a chance of playing, he's going to be there. And he'll be playing good. I can promise you that."